Meaning of Redbook Performance?
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The term "Redbook Performance" in mentioned in various threads. What does it mean?
 
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Redbook is another word for PCM or Pulse Code Modulation. Redbook playback is the standard audio format found on compact discs and saves to a file format with the extension .wav.

When people speak of "redbook performance", they are generally talking about products such as DVD players, DVD-A or SACD players that play formats other than redbook/PCM. Often times when someone is deciding whether to buy a specific DVD or SACD player, the "redbook performance" is called into question because they use different circuitry in PCM playback than in DD5.1 or SACD playback. Therefore, it's possible for playback of one kind to be very good in one format and not so good in the other. For this reason, both are usually addressed in reviews of these components.
 
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Redbook is another word for PCM or Pulse Code Modulation. Redbook playback is the standard audio format found on compact discs and saves to a file format with the extension .wav.

When people speak of "redbook performance", they are generally talking about products such as DVD players, DVD-A or SACD players that play formats other than redbook/PCM. Often times when someone is deciding whether to buy a specific DVD or SACD player, the "redbook performance" is called into question because they use different circuitry in PCM playback than in DD5.1 or SACD playback. Therefore, it's possible for playback of one kind to be very good in one format and not so good in the other. For this reason, both are usually addressed in reviews of these components.


Great explanation. Thanks very much kelly.
 
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"Redbook" refers to the original Sony/Philips 16/44 PCM standard for recording and playing back CDs. It was the name of the "white paper" that the two companies agreed would be the unified format for compact digital audio discs.

 
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I believe it's called redbook because it was published in a red book. Am I right on this?
 
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I believe it's called redbook because it was published in a red book. Am I right on this?


YUP!

 
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